At the time Covid-19 hit, I had already begun the internal discussion with myself, as to what my next step as a Yoga teacher was. I had taught at the same studio, same day, same time, for five years. I LOVED my class. I loved my sweet students, who were so dedicated, and open to however class unfolded each week. I loved the sacred space, the smell of incense, and the beautiful community we shared together.
As much as I cherished my class, I knew I was slowly approaching the next step in my journey as a teacher. My intuition kept nudging me that it was time to challenge myself, to grow and expand in a new way.
In yoga we learn the practice of vairagyam, or detachment. The only thing constant in life, is change, and the practice of living, and working towards our dreams and goals, without being attached to any particular result, is not easy. I struggled with the process of letting go of my class, of seeing my student’s blissful faces after savasana, and having this outlet to serve my community.
When we hold on to things, people, or circumstances, that have reached their maximum growth potential, sometimes the universe steps in, giving us the push forward we may not have wanted, but our soul was ready for and needed. I was and still am so grateful, for the opportunity to help others on their yoga journey, that if Covid-19 did not happen, I probably would still be struggling with the decision to try a new adventure.
As the pandemic spread, yoga studios all over the world, had to close the doors to their students, and yoga community. It all happened so fast; I think we were all in shock. It felt like, almost immediately, one by one, teachers were online streaming their classes, and creating online studio spaces, not only to continue to share the powerful transformational practice of yoga and meditation, but also, for the owners and teachers who solely depend on revenue from classes, it was about survival.
A few months passed, before I heard the studio, I taught at was ready for a “slow opening”. I had mixed emotions. Part of me was excited, and wanted to keep going, even six feet apart, wearing masks. In my heart I knew, it was time for me to shift gears, and move in a new direction. I felt it in my soul. That is when I pulled up my YouTube channel, I had started a few years ago, but was not quite ready for back then, and decided to give it a chance. This time, I was ready. And here is why.
I LOVE TEACHING – Teaching yoga, has been a huge blessing in my life. It has helped me use my voice, build confidence, resilience, and help others open up to discovering their highest self. Witnessing students grow, let go of limiting beliefs, cultivate self-love, and reach their full potential on and off the mat, is so fulfilling and meaningful. Guiding others on their yoga journey, and spiritual path is my dharma, which gives me deeper purpose and meaning to my life.
REACH A WIDER AUDIENCE – Since I was moonlighting as a yoga teacher, my full-time job, limited me to committing to only a few classes a week. Fewer classes mean reaching fewer students. YouTube currently has over 1.8 BILLION active users. Reaching more people, means helping more people. Even while I am sleeping. I am in.
MY WORK IS MY LEGACY – It was not in the stars for me to have children of my own, to pass down the experiences, lessons, and wisdom I have gained and will continue to gain along this journey of life. It is important to me, to share all my divinely inspired creative ideas. My channel allows me to express all the love and light that flows through me from the universe, out into the world forever. How cool is that?
SEVA – SELFLESS SERVICE – The practice of selfless service, or seva, is the essence of living yoga. It is the art of giving of yourself, from your heart, without expecting anything in return. Giving my time and energy to guiding others through their own personal yoga journey, is the most fulfilling way for me to share my gifts, and give to the greater good of my community, and now, thanks to YouTube, the world.